“At long last the battle has ended, Ghana your beloved country is free forever”. The words that epitomised Ghana’s final victory in the 100-year war against British colonialization. A system that suppressed our people and exploited the Ghanaian masses. The people’s fate all those 100 years were in the hands of the British.
People often use the statement, ’The British granted us independence’, but that is not the case, we fought and attained our independence. Let’s take a quick look at the definition of granted [to give, agree or to do something another person has asked for. (Cambridge dictionary.com).
Ghanaians never asked for independence for the British, we demanded it because it is our right as humans. In the words of Kwame Nkrumah, “Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them”. Our independence was not something the British willingly gave us because they were tired of ruling us, we fought for it, and upon mounting pressure on them coupled with a devastating blow to them during world war 2, had to surrender power to the rightful owners [GHANAIANS].
The Fante confederation, Aboringes right protection society, the Anglo- Asante wars are all evidence that Ghanaians were not asking for their independence but fighting for it because they deserved it.
In 1948, the shooting of three ex-service men [Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe, and Private Odartey Lamptey] served as ground for the people to rebel against the British, there was strike, boycotts and riots everywhere. Taking a deeper look at the issue, Ghanaians had over the years being held down by British laws and arms which made them seem invincible, but when these 3 great men stepped up to the British, the people’s desire for independence was fully fleshed out in the form of the riots and boycotts, their way of saying, ‘IT’S OVER, IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE’.
Tomorrow is 6th March, thus Independence Day commemoration. I want Ghanaians to remember that we struggled and gained our independence not given to. We must feel proud as Ghanaians and reignite the ONE GHANA, ONE DESTINY flame and let it burn aloft as it did on 6th March 1957. LONG LIVE GHANA.